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Instrument Repair for the Band Director

This workshop will focus on emergency and minor repairs of woodwind and brass instruments. Woodwind repair instruction includes replacing pads, corks, and springs; leveling and adjusting flutes, clarinets, and saxophones; and how to spot minor defects that can cause major playing problems. Brass repair instruction includes replacing felts, corks, and waterkey springs; freeing stuck slides and mouthpieces; disassembling and cleaning instruments; and spotting problems that you can fix yourself!


  • Dates: June 10-11
  • Times: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:00 Friday
  • Noncredit Cost: $300
  • Graduate Credit Cost: Additional $500.00 for 1 hour of graduate credit. (Payment for credit will be made separately to SMU.)
  • Housing: There is no on-campus housing available for this workshop. For a listing of local Dallas hotels near the SMU campus and out-of-state discounts, go to
  • Required Materials: A required toolkit will be available for purchase at the workshop for an additional $100. Payments for the toolkit may be made via cash or check made payable to Ann MacMillan.

Instrument Repair Faculty:

Ann MacMillan holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Emporia State University and a master’s of music education from the University of North Texas. In 1982 MacMillan began repairing musical instruments at Foster Music Company in Garden City, Kansas. During her master’s degree program at UNT she began working at Brook Mays Music Company, working there for eight years before joining the UNT College of Music as a repair technician and instructor in 1997. MacMillan has taught clinics for band directors in the Dallas area, Aiken South Carolina, Interlochen summer programs, SMU, and presented clinics at KMEA and TMEA.

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